As part of our annual visit from Northern California to my in-laws in the Cotswolds, we're heading to London for five nights. Staying at the St. Pancras Renaissance (thank goodness for Marriott points!). Currently have dinners booked at Dinner (Friday), Pollen Street Social (Saturday), and St. John Bread & Wine (Sunday). Will be seeing friends in Holloway on Thursday night, so that will be whatever they decide. Lunch at the Harwood Arms with my husband's aunt on Friday.
Monday will be our last night in London, and we'll probably go to the theatre somewhere in the West End (whatever looks best at the 1/2 price tickets booth). We're currently booked for a pre-theatre dinner at Arbutus. Is that our best option, or is there another pre-theatre option that we should not miss?
I don't feel a great need to go to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (have had a couple of great Robuchon meals in the US in the past). I'd rather do something unique to London. Will be dining with my husband and 17-year-old son. They are less keen on fine dining than I am, but tolerant. Son has a special aversion to restaurants he describes as "smug," but others might consider "precious." That said, he did enjoy the Fat Duck a few years back. Of course it's a bit more like a magic show than a restaurant, in some aspects. St. John Bread & Wine is the sort of place we all feel comfortable -- good food, relaxed atmosphere, great bread (we are spoiled w/ great bread in the Bay Area). We're also very happy with all sorts of ethnic options, especially Asian.